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Emirates Woman - - Health/news -

With tem­per­a­tures hit­ting their yearly high, it’s im­por­tant to be sun-smart, now more than ever. “While sun­light sus­tains life on earth, the sun’s ul­tra­vi­o­let rays can be haz­ardous,” says Dr Nus­rat Banka, spe­cial­ist der­ma­tol­o­gist at Medi­clinic Wel­care Hospi­tal (medi­clinic. ae). “UV ra­di­a­tion causes three ma­jor forms of skin can­cers (basal cell car­ci­noma, squa­mous cell car­ci­noma and cu­ta­neous ma­lig­nant melanoma) as well as caus­ing pre­ma­ture skin age­ing. Use of sun­screen is essen­tial for de­fence against skin can­cers and photo age­ing. Year-round sun pro­tec­tion will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the cu­mu­la­tive ex­po­sure to sun­light in an in­di­vid­ual’s life time.”

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